Dr. Peter J. Millett Bio
Prior to coming to Vail, Dr. Millett held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and was formerly Co-Director of the Harvard Shoulder Service and the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship. While in Boston, he also founded and directed the Musculoskeletal Proteomics Research Group at Harvard, where his team discovered and patented the protein profile for osteoarthritis. His clinical practice in Boston was based at the prestigious Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed, scientific articles, numerous book chapters, and 2 books on Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Shoulder Surgery. You can view much of his work under the Press and Publication area of this website. His academic work has been recognized with awards from several international societies, including the 2010 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for his contributions to the field.
Dr. Millett also serves as a shoulder and sports medicine consultant and has treated elite athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, X-Games, and the Olympics. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Millett is also a member of numerous academic societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Millett is also affiliated with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has served as a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team and as a consultant to the Montreal Canadiens, professional hockey club.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Millett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He also studied as a research scholar at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was awarded a master's degree in science (M.Sc.) for his work in skeletal biology.
Dr. Millett performed his orthopaedic residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, part of Cornell University's Medical School and the oldest and most prestigious orthopaedic residency program in the country. While there, he twice received the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for excellence in orthopaedic research as well as the American Orthopaedic Association – Zimmer Travel Award, a national award for orthopaedic research. Dr. Millett earned additional subspecialty, fellowship training in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery with Drs. Richard Steadman and Richard Hawkins in Vail, Colorado. As a fellow, he also served as an associate physician for the Denver Broncos professional football team, the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team, and the U.S. Ski Team.
Dr. Millett and his wife have four children and are very active in the Vail Valley community. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Millett also enjoys skiing the powder of Vail's back bowls, snowcat skiing in Colorado's backcountry, road cycling the mountain passes, and golfing in the high country. When not working or spending time with his children, Dr. Millett also enjoys traveling the world pursuing his other lifelong passion, flyfishing, for literally anything that swims in either fresh or salt water!
Treatments: Shoulder, knee, and elbow surgery
- 2005: Associate Surgeon and Partner, Steadman Clinic
- 2010-present: Board Member and Scientific Advisory Board, Steadman Philippon Research Institute
- 2006-2009: Board Member and Scientific Advisory Board, Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation
- 2000-2005: Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
- 1995-2000: Instructor, Weill Medical School of Cornell University
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dartmouth Medical School
University of Cambridge, England (MSc in skeletal biology); Thesis on cytokine regulation and differentiation of osteoblasts and their role in pathologic bone resorption
Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (Cornell University – Weill School of Medicine); (New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow surgery, Steadman Hawkins Clinic
- American Shoulder and Elbow Society
- Rocky Mountain Shoulder and Elbow Society, Founding Member
- American Medical Association
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Orthopedic Research Society
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
- New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, Founding Member
Honors / Awards
2010: Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
2010: O’Hara Award, Distinguished Alumnus in Medicine, University of Scranton
2010: Boland Lecturer, Mercy Health system and The University of Scranton
2009: Finalist Caboud Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
2008: Guest Shoulder Surgeon, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2006-present: Best Doctors in America
2004-present: Castle Connelly’s List of America’s Top Doctors
2005: George J. Davies – John A. Gould Award for Excellence in Clinical Inquiry from the Journal of Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy
2005: Best scientific exhibit – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
2005: Guest surgeon – German Shoulder and Elbow Society – live arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: Guest surgeon – Shoulder consultant to country of Bermuda
2005: Caspari Award, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine
2005: Finalist – Neer Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
2004: Kilfoyle Award, New England Orthopaedic Society
2004: Finalist – Neer Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
2000: Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
1999: Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
1999: American Orthopaedic Association-Zimmer National Orthopaedic Residents’ Travel Award
1996: Surgical ‘Intern of the Year’ Award
1995: Dartmouth-Mosenthal Surgical Scholar, Founding Member
1993: Dartmouth Medical School Research Scholar
For information on orthopedic treatment options available for the shoulder, knee and elbow, please contact Dr. Peter Millett's office in Vail, CO.